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Seneca County to hold housing meeting at Ovid Farmer’s Market

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  • Hayley Jones 

A meeting on Seneca County housing issues will occur on Friday, September 16 at the Ovid Farmers Market.

The Seneca County Department of Planning & Community Development, in partnership with the farmers market, will hold the meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the gazebo located at the Three Bears Complex in Ovid.

Seneca County received grant from state to undergo a Housing Needs Assessment

“We are encouraging everyone, and anyone interested in making their voice heard on housing issues in Seneca County to attend,” said Deputy Director of Seneca County Planning Joe McGrath, according to a release.

Director of Seneca County Planning Jill Henry said, “Holding the housing meeting during the Ovid Farmers Market provides a unique opportunity to engage with a broad group of residents in the southern part of Seneca County.”

According to the release, the county received a CDBG community planning grant from New York State Homes and Community Renewal to complete a Housing Needs Assessment.

The assessment will “examine issues of affordability, availability, and access to housing in Seneca County while also examining economic and demographic trends,” it continued.

Buffalo-based firm will lead discussion at Sept. 16 meeting

The completed assessment will provide information and recommendations for the county and community at large to consider.

The meeting in Ovid is the first of two being held to begin the project.

The consulting firm Highroad Community Planning & Analytics, based out of Buffalo, will help facilitate a discussion on housing in Seneca County.

Comments and feedback gathered at the meeting will guide and inform the Housing Needs Assessment over the coming months, continued the county’s release.

The second meeting will be held in mid-October at the Seneca Falls Community Center. The date will be announced in late September.

“We would like to thank the Ovid Farmers Market, the Seneca County Housing Coalition, Cornell Cooperative Extension, STEPS, and Seneca County for helping to make this project and meeting possible,” McGrath said.

All Seneca County residents are encouraged to attend a meeting in either location, said the county’s release.